32 kilometers away from Armenia, Quindio’s capital city, is Pijao: a municipality covered in an infinite vastness of greens and mountains that seem to open up their way to the Pacific Ocean.
Even when the region has been historically hit by violence, its people are kind and have survived over the years working an amazingly fertile land. In their DNA lies the fierceness that characterized the Pijao tribe, who inhabit this territory during the colony and are known for the resistance they imposed over the Spanish Crown. More than 400 Spanish and forty thousand allies from different tribes fell in battle and their strength prevails in the common spirit of the region.
Furthermore, the territory has two different traits that have defined its history: The San Jerónimo fault, which caused a devastating earthquake that stroke the zone twenty years ago and left it in ruins, and the fluvial-volcanic deposits that nurture the crops. Sugar cane, blackberries, potatoes, lulo and coffee, benefit from these soils and constitute the principal income of the department’s families.
At least 60 of these families are completely focused on coffee cultivation and work constantly to keep Quindío as one of the outstanding departments in this craft. Their fincas range from 1 to 1 ½ hectares in extension and sit at 1,300 to 1,800 m.a.s.l., overlooking one of the most beautiful landscapes in the country.
There’s no rush in Pijao. Enduring so many difficulties has probably made of it a close community joined by the desire of building a municipality where quality of life stands above everything else. They want to take the time to do it right, they want to sow the best seeds in their land, give the soil the time it needs to deliver an amazing produce, enjoy a meal surrounded by friends and family as if nothing else matters, as long as it is prepared with local products. And for that set of values, it has been granted the international CittaSlow label, making it the first in the country to be recognized by the organization.
In short, this blend has the love and patience given by coffee farmers to their craft. Enjoy.